Monday, September 19, 2016

Fooling Us Into War

Over at Consortium News, via, Robert Parry looks at how we're fooled into supporting attacks on other countries. He suggests the same is going on now with Russia:

"Today, we are seeing an even more dangerous repetition of this pattern: demonizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, destabilizing the Russian economy and pressing for “regime change” in Moscow. Amid the latest propaganda orgy against Putin, virtually no one in the mainstream is exercising any restraint or finding any cautionary lessons from the Iraqi and Libyan examples."

We live in dangerous times, especially so since presidential candidates in this most militarily aggressive country in the world feel they need to add handouts to the military and show they're "not going to be messed with by anyone" to their campaigns.

I put that last one in quotes because it's a paraphrase of what a neighbor told me during a presidential campaign of some years ago. He said something along the line of "I want someone so tough that nobody will even think of messing with us". Probably a fairly common sentiment among Americans, never considering that also increases the chance and opportunity to attack other countries or, more likely, they don't care.


At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump has continually said to solve our border problems to prevent war. He has specifically said he will end ISIS. He has specifically said he will reach out to ALL foreign leaders. He has said we need a strong re-built military which is utterly demoralized and degraded by the current Obama/Biden administration including Liar of State Clinton's stint. Obama's drone wars have driven 10's of thousands of Yemen civilians into refugee status and starvation. The Obama/Clinton scorched earth policy across the middle east is so obvious you must have an agenda minimizing it and putting Clinton and Trump on the same military page. Very shallow report Fred. Your take on this is bias and clouded.

At 9:38 AM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

Yes,, and he hasn't said HOW he will do any of these things or pay for them.

At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon- please post ONE plan. ONE single thing Trump actually HAS a plan for? And you are buying ALL of it!?
Wow. I guess they dont call him a professional con-man for nothing!

At 1:53 PM, Blogger MOLA:42 said...

After all, we are bombing ISIS 24 hours a day... to the point where for a while we were literally running out of bombs to drop. So what does Trump plan to do to ISIS that is worse than what is happening now?

It all reminds me of the 1968 Nixon campaign for the Presidency. Nixon told the voters he had a "secret plan" to end the War in Vietnam. He couldn't tell us what is was because he didn't want to give anything away to the enemy. And the nation bought it.

What was the plan? The "plan" turned out to be more of the same, which lead to even more deaths for everyone involved and eventual defeat.

Folks, we've seen this before. We don't even have the excuse of being surprised by the results if we elect Mr. Trump.

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"destabilizing the Russian economy..."

Uh, Putin's been doing a pretty good job of that himself. While personally, he's gotten very rich confiscating opponents wealth and sticking it in his own accounts. Perhaps what Russia needs is a few casinos. Can't go wrong with an economy build on casinos and hotels, lots and lots of hotels. If only there was someone who has the know-how to do all that. I hear there's a guy named Shelly Adelson who is pretty good at that, but he's Jewish and the Russians have a thing about that. Maybe someone else will rise to the occasion and world peace will ensue because everyone loves playin' the slots and keno is very popular.


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